Unlikely Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint is great.  You can use it to transform any blank surface into a creative masterpiece (or at least a place for notes).  Kristen had a terrific idea!  She painted the side of her refrigerator with chalkboard paint to use it as a note or list making area.  She inspired me and we painted the side of our refrigerator and have made it into a little art niche.

She gives instructions for the project here.  But basically, we needed to clean the surface and apply several coats of the paint.  We had to use about 8 coats to get the shade nice and dark.  This maroon paint is a purply-pink when it has only a few coats on it - by 6 coats it started to look more "maroon".  We did another few coats so that the surface would be smooth.  The whole "project" cost less than $14 and we still have half the can left!

Other creative uses of chalkboard paint include:

  • Paint a couple kitchen cabinet doors or even the middle of a large door.
  • Does your dining table need to be refinished?  Why not make it a doodling dream!
  • Dollar store frames and corkboard.  Paint the corkboard and stuff it in the frames.  Now you have a mini chalkboard you can walk around the house with.
  • Paint a square on your tubs of toys write what goes in each bucket.  If your organization system changes just wipe off the chalk label.
  • Garage or basement floor... That's a big surface for "art" projects!
  • This mom used Chalkboard paint to make a collection of wall art canvases.

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